Holiday Cheers to bring adults to Conner Prairie for fourth year


By Anna Skinner

Those ages 21 and up will have a chance to explore 1836 Prairietown with the addition of adult beverages Dec. 15 for Conner Prairie Horizon Council’s fourth annual Holiday Cheers event.

Interpreter Ellen Paulin takes Holiday Cheers attendees around Conner Prairie. (Submitted photo)

Interpreter Ellen Paulin takes Holiday Cheers attendees around Conner Prairie. (Submitted photo)

Attendees can sample hors d’oeuvres, wine, craft beer and spirits and then take a candlelit walk through Prairietown.

“Once done with the hors d’oeuvres, they will take a candle to 1836 Prairietown,” Events Manager Kelly Backus said. “There will be a sausage-making demonstration, they can sample German mulled wine and also discover different cultures and traditions in the 19th century.”

There is a 250-attendee limit and early bird tickets priced at $35 are available through Nov. 28. After Nov. 28, tickets are $40.

“Basically, it allows a program for adults beyond our normal 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. business hours,” Backus said. “It’s an evening program to provide social atmosphere to adults and allow them to connect with the beautiful grounds, enjoy the candlelight walk we put on, and it also ties in Indiana’s brewing heritage and the revival of the craft beer industry taking place now.”

Four years ago, when the program began, Backus said Conner Prairie had a 100-person limit and limited vendors.

“It started very small, but now we have quite a few vendors interested in participating in the event with us,” she said.

Vendors include Tinker Coffee, Sunrise Baker, Cardinal Spirits, Scarlet Lane Brewery, Taxman Brewing Co., McClure’s Orchard and Smoking Goose. Ticket purchases include entry to Conner Prairie, hors d’oeuvres, tasting of all alcoholic vendors and a commemorative glass.

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